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For Medical Professionals

The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles provides support to the medical community

The DSALA is a resource center for your patients and families with a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Materials are available for your office to support your patients with Down syndrome and their families.

The DSALA provides In-Services training, bringing staff, multi-media information and materials to medical professionals at your location for presentation.

For information, materials or to book a presentation, contact us.

We look forward to meeting your needs.

Discussing Down Syndrome

A Physician's Guide has been prepared to assist physicians facing the challenge of informing parents that a child has or may have Down syndrome.

Carfeul, well-informed consultations delivered with sensitivity can have a dramatic impact on parents' mental wellness and ability to cope. What you say and how you say it will have a life-long impact on the health and well being of your patient and the child.

For a greater understanding of the importance of your role, please visit the National Down Syndrome Congress for the Physician's Guide and helpful video.

Down Syndrome: Health Issues

Dr. Len Leshin, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Leshin is a pediatrician and father of Avi, born with Down syndrome. He has compiled a comprehensive website of briefs and reports on Down syndrome health issues.

Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P.
Brian Skotko, the sibling of an individual with DS is a resident physician at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. In 2001 he co-authored the national award-winning book, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Brian recently authored major research on how physicians deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome to new and expectant parents. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, NPR's On Point, and ABC's Good Morning America. Brian serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and the National Down Syndrome Society. He further serves on the Professional Advisory Council to the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome
American Academy of Pediatrics


Down Syndrome Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Down Syndrome Podcast Series provided by UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and hosted by Kishore Vellody, MD, medical director of Children’s Down Syndrome Center. Podcasts focus on a wide range of issues related to Down syndrome for parents, caregivers, educators, and medical professionals. Podcasts are updated regularly and feature discussions with medical experts in cardiology, otolaryngology, sleep disorders, infectious diseases, and more.

Down Syndrome: The Journey Ahead
Produced by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

A 15-minute film with parents talking about their journey with a child with Down syndrome.